Scandinavia’s Natural Wonders

September 19, 2014

Scandinavia is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Each year tourists from all over Europe flock to the rugged, Nordic landscapes to experience views unlike those anywhere else in the world. Scandinavia is only a short distance from the UK, but as these natural wonders will attest, it is a million miles away from home.

The Northern Lights

While the Northern Lights are not exclusive to any country, Norway offers better chances of spotting the lights than anywhere else in the world. Areas north of the Arctic Circle are best, with Tromso, the Lofoten Islands and the North Cape all providing excellent views in stunning surroundings. Be sure to wrap up warm, and book in a couple of nights to spot them – not everybody is lucky enough to see this natural phenomenon on their first attempt.

Møns Klint

On the Eastern coats of Denmark, tourists can experience the stunning white-chalk cliffs on Møns and the stunning beauty of the surrounding area. The unique nature of the soil means that the whole beach takes on a distinctive light green hue and the nearby woodlands are home to rare plant and animal species. There are walking trails available all around the area, and if you’re lucky you may even find fossils on the beach!

Land of the Midnight Sun

During the spring, the northernmost points of Scandinavia are treated to a rare phenomenon where the sun does not set below the horizon for long stretches of time. Rather than setting to pitch darkness, the night bathes the area in a beautiful twilight which has to be seen to be believed.

The Fjords

A fjord is a narrow coastal inlet, with steep cliffs on either side caused by glacial erosion. While that may not sound particularly exciting, the fact is that the fjords are responsible for some of the most breathtaking scenery in Scandinavia. Check out the Mariager Fjord, the longest fjord in Denmark, or Sognefjord – one of the Norwegian fjords which were voted the best place in the world to visit by the National Geographic in both 2004 & 2012.

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